It’s fall in the City of Hospitality and that means it’s time for the annual Booneville Fall Festival.

This year’s festival is expected to be bigger and better than ever with more than 120 arts, crafts and food vendors registered along with an all-new kids area, plenty of traditional events and a music lineup culminating with a performance by country music star Steve Azar.

The fun begins on Friday night with downtown karaoke from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Main Street. NOMS ice cream will have ice cream and light refreshments available.

Saturday starts bright and early with vendor setup at 6 a.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at the Hardware Building for the Anthony Pettigo Memorial Kiwanis 5K, sponsored by Baptist Memorial Hospital Booneville. Registration for the race is $25 per person or $10 per participant for groups of four or more and $10 for runners 15 years old or younger. All participants will receive a t-shirt while supplies last and will be entered into a drawing to win one of five $50 gift certificates. The run starts at 8 a.m.

The Booneville Lions Club will host the annual soapbox derby in front of the courthouse on Main Street. Main stage music at the Triangle begins at 9:30 a.m. with local favorites John and Kayla Allen and continues throughout the day until Azar closes out the festival at 8:30 p.m. See the boxed music schedule with this story for the complete schedule.

Booneville Main Street Executive Director/Booneville Tourism and Economic Development Director Lori Tucker said they’re so excited to have such a big crowd of vendors and a great and diverse music lineup for this year’s festival.

Art awards for the kids art competition will be announced at 1 p.m. at the Hardware Building and the winners from the adult juried art competition will be announced at 2 p.m.

Tucker’s also excited about the all-new kids zone.

“Kids will enjoy the day with Xtreme Nerf Games and Gaming trailers at the green space behind BancorpSouth. Inflatables, Bull riding, Steve the Balloon Guy (balloon art), Southern Axe Company, Meet your Booneville Fire Fighters and get your fire safety information for the kids, pony rides and much more. Kids Zone will open at 10 a.m. We love Story Time and you will love Belle. Belle will be in the downtown pocket park at 11 a.m. for storytelling and a meet and greet,” she said.

Tucker said she’s grateful for everyone who has played a part in making this year’s festival a success.

“Big thanks to our sponsors, local partners and retailers for sponsoring the festival. Thanks to volunteers and city employees for assisting in making this an amazing event in the City of Booneville. Come shop, eat, and be entertained at the 2021 Booneville Fall Festival. Enjoy the local life in the City of Hospitality. You will fall in love with this place,” she said.

For more information contact the Booneville Main Street Association @ 662-416-9278 or www.visitbooneville.com.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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